Madrid is a capital imperial city built on a humble town. Palaces, convents, and churches were built around royal residences, and narrow streets opened to cozy squares. Join a local art historian live from these dynamic streets as we embark on a camera-led tour of Madrid’s historic city center, a pedestrian quarter with Renaissance and Baroque architecture flavored with charming crafts stores, hip restaurants, and traditional taverns.
We’ll kick off this live virtual tour at the home of Saints Isidro and Maria de la Cabeza. We will discuss the Muslim and Christian origins as well as the Inquisition and daily life at the time of the Catholic Monarchs. Crossing Segovia Street and walking through twisted streets with austere noble palaces, we will reach the magnificent Plaza de la Villa where the 15th, 16th, and 17th buildings show the progressive growth and status of the city.
(Interested in discovering more of Madrid virtually? Check out Marta’s Live Virtual Tour: Bourbon Madrid's Golden Triangle).
Passing by the Convent and church of Corpus Christi, perhaps observed by some nun behind the latticed windows, we will reach the touristy Calle de Cuchilleros and San Miguel Delicatessen Market to finally enter the Plaza Mayor, the heart of the Hapsburg city dedicated to Philip III by his son Philip IV. In this broad open space, we can dream about the old market, theater plays, popular concerts, or games offered by nobility and royalty to entertain citizens and visitors altogether. (Not all too different from what it looks like today, surrounded by elegant architecture and vermouth sipping locals).
Led by an expert in Art History, Dr. Marta López Beriso, this camera-led virtual tour will transport participants to the very heart of Madrid. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a snapshot into Madrid as well as a bunch of travel tips and advice for any future Spanish escapades.
About Your Expert
Professor Marta López Beriso is an active scholar and educator in the field of Art History. She teaches at various American universities in Madrid. She holds degrees in Art History and Archaeology (B.A. Université de La Sorbonne-Paris IV), Arts and Culture Administration (M.A. Universidad de Barcelona), and a PhD in Art History, expertise in History of Photography (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). She is also the founder and director of “Aulas de Arte”, a private non-profit organization, dedicated to educational services in museums, nationwide and internationally. Born and raised in Madrid, she has studied in Paris and also worked in New York at the beginning of her professional career, at MOMA. Back in Madrid she feels the city as a cosmopolitan insider. She knows both the historical and traditional Madrid she discovered with her mother and grandmother as well as the most contemporary and alternative side of the city.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
Marta is such a great guide, and Madrid is such a wonderful place to roam. She showed us what makes the various plazas unique, giving us culture (places to shop or eat) history (Antonio Perez) and architecture (the horseshoe arch doorway on "Elbow Street"). She gave us ideas for our return to Madrid.
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The presenter had prepared her usual excellent talk, but the audio was so bad that it was difficult to understand her.